|A highly regarded expert|
I'm not sure the World Cup is more of a threat than some other things already on the table
FAR more from the point of view of average russian.You see,economic threats and/or sanctions are silly for the people who survived nineties in russia.
IT WILL NOT BE WORSE.
But cancellation of World Cup in population's favorite sport is huge morale penalty.In the election year,no less!
But then,annexation of Crimea is morale boost(Crimea and especially Sevastopol have huge symbolic value),and this is,sadly,not a Civilization game with fixed numbers for these,so we have to wait and see.
I only faintly comprehend this issue, but weren't there protests against this action in Russia, too? I read that there were, and the Russian po-po beat and jailed hundreds of them.
Of course, most regular people everywhere don't want war and imperialism.